4 thoughts on “Delusional Disorder: 8 Ways To Communicate Without Fighting

  • January 18, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Hi Tamara,
    I remember when I worked as a respite care counselor (prior to my college degrees) and was young and inexperienced with this issue. I found this kind of work very interesting and fulfilling-as well as challenging. I learned a great deal but there were times when we had clients that had some very bizarre and intense delusions!
    Initially, I tried to help the person see that his delusion was not real. I quickly learned that, as you said in your video, that being confrontational is NOT usually the way to approach it. After all, if the client were able to think rationally, they would not necessarily need help. And it tends to frustrate the client that you can’t “see” things the way they do when it is seemingly so obvious!
    It truly does help to focus on the feelings, how one can be supportive and helpful etc. I know if I were having delusions, I would be much more likely to trust someone with YOUR approach!

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    • January 19, 2018 at 12:14 am

      Hi Lori,
      Thanks for that! I’m glad you find my approach helpful. I find that a lot of therapists struggle with this “illness” as it is often unclear how one should address a person with delusions. There’s really no real way to avoid confrontation but you can at least try.
      It’s a learning process for those who encounter it and experience it. So much we still don’t know.
      Take care

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  • October 15, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I just found your blog. It is so helpful. I have been doing all the wrong things with my jealous delusional spouse.

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    • October 25, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Hi Rosa,
      Thanks so much! I’m glad you found it helpful.
      Don’t be too hard on yourself. It is very difficult to navigate a relationship with someone who has delusional belief systems. It takes a lot of education and patience.
      Take care

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